Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Siduri Pinot Noir

2003 Siduri Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir ($45)

We picked up this bottle at our first trip to Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar in Columbia (watch for a restaurant review in the next day or two).

Siduri is the name of the Babylonian goddess of wine. It is also an exceptional Pinot Noir producer. Husband and wife winemakers Adam and Dianna Lee, originally from Texas, produce a fantastic California Pinot Noir under the Siduri label.

According to northwest-wine.com, the Lee’s make 27 different Pinot Noirs from vineyards as far south as Santa Barbara County and as far north as Oregon's Willamette Valley. The first commercial wine they made, in 1994, earned a 90-point (out of 100) score from noted wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr., and the wine sold out immediately.

Garys’ Vineyard is named after partners Gary Franscioni and Gary Pisoni who planted this 50 acre vineyard in 1995.

Our Tasting Notes: This wine is flat-out great. While the nose is intense and earthy, there is plenty of raspberry and cherry for the fruit lover. The finish is looooong. Since the alcohol is on the higher side (over 15%), this is probably not the best for someone just starting with Pinot’s.

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